Initially, Aric Almirola fired up so well and unbeaten for the first 50-60 laps until he stopped by on pit road.
But unfortunately, things turn out that he didn’t want to hear when NASCAR caught him rejoining the track early rather than the usual line.
Yes, Almirola tried to get as much speed as he can especially with lapped traffic around & Harvick not far behind him.
Though, NASCAR couldn’t see this as fair.’
And that hit Almirola hard when he had to serve this punishment, Ryan Blaney took over the lead and pulled off with the caution-free 1st mini win.
Blaney may have lost the lead initially after the pit break to Kyle Busch, but the Jimmie Johnson crash immediately gave another chance to regain top spot at the next restart.
That’s where he bounced back and ran uninterrupted in mostly a green flag Stage 2 with another mini win.
Despite leading comfortably for most of the time, it’s the continuous cautions and resets that hurt Blaney’s fantastic build-up.
Austin Dillon then took over his place, having fired off well at the next restart off team-mate Tyler Reddick with less than 20 to go.
Even though there are one or two late cautions, it didn’t affect him with the superior equipment on hand that saw him pull off the No.3 Chevy to victory lane for Richard Childress Racing at Texas.
A. Dillon formed a fantastic build-up attack in & out of the Top 10 earlier on.
But he’s very good at capitalizing cautions when a few cars got jammed unexpectedly before using various tactics that can help him gather momentum.
It paid off on the run home, and he should be very proud of himself as he gets to win the Playoffs ticket in eight races time.
And that means he has a shot at competing against 15 others for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.